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gambLe1109

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Hi, I'm about to buy this: http://www.ncix.com/...x.php?sku=18288

Just wondering if this will be compatible with my current system, after removing my old RAM of course.

Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
OS: Windows XP Media Center Edition
CPU: Pentium 4 Dual Core 2.8 GHz
Memory: 1GB PC2-3200 DDR2 RAM
Hard Drive: 250GB 7200RPM Serial ATA
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 6600GT
Sound Card: Intel Hi-Def Audio 7.1

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Thanks for the help!

Edited by gambLe1109, 30 October 2007 - 01:53 PM.

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According to the NCIX website it is compatible, but it will default to the highest rating your motherboard will run. This will be the DDR2-667 rating( according to Intel's 945 MB specification sheet).

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Is it still worth purchasing? I know it will downgrade a little bit, but will the jump from 1GB of PC2-3200 to 2GB of PC2-6400 make a big difference?
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Well it could make a noticeable difference, BUT it may not. The reason i say this is that i have 2 computers that are closely matched. One is a Intel early 3.0 CPU with the 478 pin socket, while the other is a socket 775 intel 3.2. The motherboards are pretty much matching with a 865 chipset on the 478 MB and a 945 chipset on the 775 MB. They both run XP, have 2 gigs of memory( 3200 on the 478 and 5300 on the 775) Same video cards, sound cards, and basic hardware. Funny thing is i can't tell the difference between the two computers when i run any programs. They both have almost exactly the same programs on them. And they both seem to run at the same speed. The only thing i can think of that would be a problem with the older computer is finding the motherboard again, or even the cpu. Otherwise they run the same speed to me. Perhaps if i was playing games i would notice the difference. For general computing , i don't.

I might settle for another gig of memory of the 3200 variety and save for a new computer in another year or two. By then DDR3 will be out and the DDR2 memory will be obsolete already.

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I agree with SRX660 here, it may or may not increase, depending on what you use your computer for. If you do a lot of multi-tasking, I think you would notice a difference. Adding more RAM doesn't increase performance like upgrading the processor would, I find it just lets you do more at once (i.e. anti-virus scan, e-mail, a few webbrowser tabs open, copying files/folders - all at the same time).

The good news is if you build a new system soon (next few months or so), then you'll be able to use this RAM again, as it's good stuff.
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Generally, I do a lot of gaming, not necessarily multi-tasking, although I like to listen to music while I play sometimes. I figure upgrading my RAM will make my games run more smoothly and decrease the bottle-neck that I feel may be happening to my graphics card due to the RAM.
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Welcome to geekstogo,
By upgrading you RAM you are going to witness a minimal gain is FPS on games.
Your GPU would likely be the largest bottleneck in terms of gaming, with the CPU following closely behind.
Buying this would give you a far greater performance boost in games for the same price :) Assuming your motherboard has a PCIe slot.
http://www.ncix.com/...mp;promoid=1016
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Edited by james_8970, 01 November 2007 - 02:24 PM.

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Well, I was planning on upgrading my video card too. This is the one I was going to get: http://www.ncix.com/...anufacture=eVGA

Would you recommend the 7900GS over the 7600GT? I know a few people with the 7600GT that play the same games as me and they get great FPS.
I play mostly Counter-Strike 1.6 if you're wondering.

Edited by gambLe1109, 02 November 2007 - 06:39 PM.

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Yes the 7900GS is significantly better then the 7600GT, though the differences will be minimal on older games such as CSS.
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